We are called to abandon our “futile thinking” and “darkened understanding,” given over to indulgence and without sensitivity (Eph 4:17-19). We are called to a new life, “like God in true righteousness and holiness” (4:24). What factors might help us awaken to the new life that God has given us in Jesus Christ? Explore this theme by observing a clip from Despicable Me where Gru recognizes his selfish ways and moves outside of himself. Included in this lesson are discussion questions, aimed primarily for high school students.
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The “end of the world as we know it” is a popular topic for speculation, fraught with various “apocalyptic” scenarios. But, “apocalypse” means “unveiling” — the unveiling of God’s kingdom, where love and peace will abound. In this lesson for middle/high school youth, the teacher will guide the students in a discussion of Revelation 21:1-5, using a clip from Monsters, Inc.
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Union Presbyterian Seminary alumna Kelly Hames offers suggestions for using the three Lord of the Rings movies (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King) in a discussion forum.
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Seven Pounds (2008)
Two Union Presbyterian Seminary students, Katherine Lamb and Jeff Smith, have provided reviews of this 2008 Will Smith film.
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Union Presbyterian Seminary student Jeff Smith says, “Overall, this movie does a great job of making the audience think a bit more abouttheir understanding of God and God’s activity or inactivity in the world. It clearly points out that we are not God for a reason (mainly because we are sinners and would abuse God’s powers to elevate ourselves) and that it’s good that God’s in control and see’s the bigger picture of our lives. It urges us to surrender to God’s will and to find fulfillment in the places in which God has placed us to serve.”
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